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eleventh hour

the last possible moment for doing something:
to change plans at the eleventh hour.
Origin of eleventh hour
1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But only by the skin of your teeth—an eleventh-hour arrival.

    The Long Day Dorothy Richardson
  • There was an eleventh-hour flicker of mutiny, promptly extinguished.

    Sonia Between two Worlds Stephen McKenna
  • Such was the end of the bank-clerk and his eleventh-hour glories and love adventures.

  • And so she could not grasp the reason for that eleventh-hour summons.

    North of Fifty-Three Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • "No one would go to a dinner on such a night as this," rasped Mr. Van Pycke, who knew all of the eleventh-hour habits of society.

    The Alternative George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for eleventh-hour

eleventh hour

  1. the latest possible time; last minute
  2. (as modifier): an eleventh-hour decision
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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eleventh-hour in Culture

eleventh hour definition

The last minute: “The water bombers arrived at the eleventh hour — just in time to prevent the forest fire from engulfing the town.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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Idioms and Phrases with eleventh-hour

eleventh hour

The latest possible time, as in We turned in our report at the eleventh hour. This term is thought to allude to the parable of the laborers (Matthew 20:1–16), in which those workers hired at the eleventh hour of a twelve-hour working day were paid the same amount as those who began in the first hour. [ Early 1800s ]
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